Services We Offer

Valley Open MRI


Facility Information:

2301 Huntingdon Pike Ste 100
Huntingdon Valley, PA 19006
Phone: 215-938-9MRI
Fax: 215.947.0212

   

Hours of Operation
Monday: 8am - 11pm
Tuesday: 9am - 9pm
Wednesday: 8am - 11pm
Thursday: 8am - 11pm
Friday: 8am - 5pm
Saturday: 8am - 12pm

   

Mission Statement:

Our commitment at Valley Open MRI is to strive to assure that all patients will be treated with the utmost respect and compassion.

About Us:

Valley Open MRI is an ACR Accredited Facility providing the hightest level of service and image quality.

Our medical director, Dr. Norman Ruttenberg, is a Board Certified radiologist with thirty-five years experience. He has a subspecialty in neuro-radiology. He has been a Chairman to four hospitals that required a team of thirty radiologists over a time span of twenty-six years.

MRI Technologists are ARRT and CPR Certified.

  • Medicare & Most Insurance policies accepted
  • Assistance with Insurance's Pre-Authorizations (if needed)
  • Same day availability for appointments
  • Preliminary report faxed in less than 24 hrs; Followed by a full report faxed in 24 hrs
  • A complimentary copy of your images on a CD
  • Hitachi Airis II has an open sided design/no tunnel effect
  • Accommodates larger patients (weight limit 500lbs)
  • Listen to music (iPod dock/CD Player)
  • A chair in the room for a companion to sit with you

FAQ's:

Reasons a Person Should NOT have an MRI

  • Pacemaker/ Defibrillator
  • Neurostimulators
  • Cochlear implants
  • Aneursym clips
  • Implanted drug infusion device

Because of potentially harmful effects associated with some metallic objects in a magnetic field, you should check with your physician or our MRI Technologist if you have had any brain, heart, eye, ear or any implants from other types of surgery.

Please inform the technologists if you have:

  • Metal implants
  • Surgical staples
  • Foreign metal objects in eye or removed from eye
  • If you have ever grinded, cut or welded any type of metal
  • Shrapnel, bullets or bullet wounds
  • Tattoos
  • Intrauterine devices (IUD)

How long does an MRI take?
Our exams vary from 25 minutes - 60 minutes

What is an MRI?
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a state-of-the-art technology that allows physicians to see detailed images of the body. MRI is safe, non-invasive, and uses no radiation.

How does MRI work?

  • Water and hydrogen atoms make up 95% of the human body. When the body is placed into a magnetic field, the hydrogen atoms align with the magnetic field.
  • A radio frequency is turned on and absorbed by the hydrogen atoms, and when the radio frequency is turned off the atoms emit a signal.
  • A coil picks up the signal and transmits it to the computer.
  • The computer then processes the information to form diagnostic images of the area of interest.

MRI is especially suited for detecting disorders that increase fluid in diseased areas of the body such as areas affected by infection, inflammation and tumor. The differentiation of diseased tissue from healthy tissue is much easier with MRI than with other imaging modalities such as X-ray, Cat Scan and Ultrasound.

How should I prepare for the exam?
There is no preparation necessary. You will be able to eat, drink and take medications prior to the MRI. You will be asked several questions regarding your past medical history when setting up your appointment. We will ask for your insurance information and assist in any pre-authorization which may be required by your insurance company. You can wear comfortable clothing with no metal or we have shorts and gowns you may change into. You cannot bring credit cards, watches, phones, hearing aids or any other electronic devices into the scan room with you. We will provide a locker room for your valuables.

Do you have high anxiety or severe claustrophobia?
Recommendations:

  • Bring a friend, who can sit in the room with you.
  • Bring relaxing/favorite music to play in our stereo.
  • Ask your physician for a prescription of medication to help relax you during your scan.

What happens during an MRI?
You will be asked to lie on the scan table and the technologist will make you as comfortable as possible. A coil is placed around the area we will be scanning. When the scanner is acquiring images you will hear various knocking sounds. The technologist will ask you to remain as still as possible while the scanner is acquiring the images. Throughout the test, you will be able to speak to the technologist and listen to the music of your choice. Open MRI magnets require low noise during the scans, and ear plugs are not a necessity. We supply ear plugs for patients if requested.

Is contrast used for an MRI?
Some studies require a contrast agent called Gadolinium to be used to enhance the images. Your referring physician or the radiologist will determine if contrast is needed. The MRI Technologist gives the contrast media intravenously using a small butterfly/pediatric needle in a vein. If contrast media is ordered by your physician, please tell your physician and the MRI Technologist:

  • If you are pregnant, think you might be; or are breast feeding
  • If you're Diabetic
  • If you're on Dialysis
  • If you're 60 (+) in age
  • If you have ever had an adverse reaction to contrast media

What is an MRA?
Magnetic Resonance Angiography (MRA) is a method of scanning used to look at blood vessels and blood flow in a specific part of the body. MRA of the neck can screen for stenosis (narrowing of an artery) of the carotid arteries. MRA of the brain can screen for vascular malformation, aneurysm and vasculitis.

For More Information

To make an appointment, click here or contact us at 215.938.9MRI.

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